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National Public Radio "Living on Earth" host Steve Curwood to speak Oct. 30

October 17, 2006

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? On Monday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m., Steve Curwood, a National Public Radio executive producer and host of the award-winning weekly environmental news program, "Living on Earth," will deliver a lecture titled "Media and the Environmental Crisis." The event, which is the annual Robert W. van de Velde Jr. '75 Memorial Lecture, will take place in Room 220 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall and is free and open to the public.

Steve Curwood

Curwood has been a journalist for more than 30 years, with experience at NPR, CBS News, the Boston Globe, and WBUR-FM and WGBH-TV in Boston. He shared the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe's education team, and was also the recipient of the 1992 New England Environmental Leadership Award from Tufts University for his work on promoting environmental awareness, the 2003 Global Green Award for Media Design, and the 2003 David A. Brower Award from the Sierra Club for excellence in environmental reporting.
Curwood joined NPR in 1979 as a reporter and host of "Weekend All Things Considered." In 1990, he created the first pilot of "Living on Earth" and the show has run continuously since 1991. Broadcast on over 260 stations nationwide, "Living On Earth" has been awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the New York Festivals Award, a CINDY Award, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters Community Program Awards. Curwood is currently at work on a new book, "The Good News About Global Warming," which details the economic, social, ecological and national security benefits of facing the carbon emergency that threatens our entire civilization.

The annual Robert W. van de Velde Jr. '75 Memorial Lecture was established in 1981 by van de Velde's parents, R.W. and Barbara van de Velde; his widow, Diana Mooney van de Velde; and other family members and friends. The lecture series provides an annual talk on the confluence of public affairs - both foreign and domestic - and journalism, particularly broadcast journalism.

Previous speakers in the series have included former Gov. of Vermont Madeleine Kunin, personal finance columnist and author Jane Bryant Quinn of the class of 1960, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Moats, former Associated Press Montpelier Bureau Chief Christopher Graff of the class of 1975, Pulitzer Prize-winner Walter Mears of the class of 1956, and New York Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson.

McCardell Bicentennial Hall is located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125). For more information, contact Middlebury College Assistant in Academic Administration of Institutional Diversity Jennifer Herrera at 802-443-5743 or